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Kevin Assenat of Botetourt made custom paracord jewelry, dog collars and key chains Thursday in Downtown Moneta. The war veteran's usual workshop is in his basement.
Jennifer Woods holds 11-month-old Alena Foster while Nate Boyer as "Uncle Sam" says hello Thursday at the FireWORX Fest. Boyer promoted Bedford's Republican Party campaign office at the event.
Kirsten Allan of Moneta and Marcia Stroupe of Westlake worked Thursday at The Antique Mall at Mayberry in Downtown Moneta. They said the crowds were much larger than last year.
Bobby Collins shows off his T-shirt designs with Georgia Hensley of Bedford Thursday at his FireWORX Fest booth.
Teresa Knick and David Crawford of Bedford enjoy music from The Worx Thursday in Downtown Moneta.
Ken Molenda of Martinsburg, West Virginia bought a barbecue plate from Smokehouse Restaurant Thursday. "It's a great Virginia event," Molenda said of the third-annual FireWORX Fest benefiting the Moneta Volunteer Fire Department.
Anna Jones and Colton Witt of Bedford enjoyed the Fourth of July in style.
Attendees of the FireWORX Fest turned their attention to the grand finale Thursday night.
Attendees of the FireWORX Fest enjoyed the grand finale Thursday night.
The fireworks show in Downtown Moneta was not affected by a slight drizzle of rain.
Friday, July 12, 2013
The Moneta Fire Department’s third-annual Fourth of July fundraiser, FireWORX Fest in Downtown Moneta, drew an estimated 3,400 people. The event more than tripled last year’s attendance, according to Jeff Pauley, fire department president.
Locals, neighbors and out-of-state visitors turned out for locally produced wine and beer and lined up for barbecue.
“It’s awesome,” said Colton Witt of Bedford. “I love it. I like the set up.”
Witt said his parents told him about the event and he decided to check it out.
Many people brought lawn chairs and listened to local band The Worx until 10 p.m., when the fireworks began. That’s also when it started to rain. Many viewers took out umbrellas and stood watching the show they had waited for all day; they were in luck, as the light rain only lasted about 10 minutes.
Some came earlier in the day for the vendors.
Kevin Assenat of Botetourt was one of those vendors, hard at work at his booth making custom bracelets, necklaces and key chains from super-strong paracord. He handled the crowds with the help of his family.
Assenat learned how to make paracord bracelets while serving in the military in Iraq. He researches cobra and DNA-style braids online for his hobby-turned-business, Blue Ridge Paracord Products, and sets up at craft festivals.
Graphic designer Bobby Collins of Bedford said he also is experiencing success with a new screen-printing business. He sold custom T-shirts with a design made specifically for the FireWORX event while customers waited. It took less than two minutes to finish.
Other designs included one for Virginia moonshine and a Jack Daniel’s-style logo with Moneta or Bedford on it.
Collins said he’s considering opening up a storefront shop in Bedford to sell the shirts he started printing in March.
Near the T-shirt booth, Donald Furrow-Scott of Hickory Hill Vineyards in Moneta sold cup after cup of white sangria.
“We’re gonna run out of ice,” he told wife Wendy while serving a cup of the ice-cold sweet drink.
He said this year’s event is much bigger than last year’s.
“We’re running out of stuff!” he said.
According to Pauley, the event brought in about $24,000.
Volunteers at the door collected $5 per person; children under 10 were admitted for free.
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